In just its first year of performance, Kuemper Catholic High School’s winter guard squad received an “exceptional” rating in WGI Sport of the Arts Small Ensemble National Finals.
Kuemper’s show, presented virtually, was largely the same as the one the squad presented for preliminaries.
Kuemper’s winter guard was made up of seniors Kysa Auen and Max Meyers, sophomore Keziah Janssen and freshman Sarah Batz.
Marie Walsh-Becker, Kuemper band director who coached winter guard, said, “After listening to the comments made by our prelims judge, we made some adjustments to our drill and choreography, which, based on the comments from our finals judge, were effective. The judges were encouraging and gave plenty of helpful comments, which we will be able to use into next year, and both of them thought certain parts of our show were effective and showed promise. It’s an exciting time for our winter guard.”
Batz said of her winter guard participation, “I joined because it was something new and exciting. It was a lot of hard work, but it was fun. It was an experience that I enjoyed and plan to participate in again next year.”